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Abbas to German newspaper: I am against attacks, but we must pay terrorists; "We are not encouraging our youth to commit violence"
Originally published in English by Der Spiegel on April 18, 2016; published in Arabic in Donia Al-Watan on April 20, 2016 "With war waging in Syria and in Yemen as well as the perpetual threat of violence by the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), the myriad trouble spots in the Middle East..."
Apr 18, 2016
Abbas lies to Israeli Druze leaders: “Discourse of peace is discourse of Palestine”
Headline: "The Gandhi of the Arabs" Excerpt of editorial in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to...
Apr 13, 2016
Abbas to Romanian delegation: We "are not against the Jewish religion," "our hands are extended toward peace," and "we are against all forms of terror"
Headline: "The president: Israel's agreement to the two-state solution will be the beginning of the political solution" "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a Romanian media delegation yesterday [April 5, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… The president again emphasized his..."
Apr 6, 2016
Abbas to Morrocan Jewish delegation: “Despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us”
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Time is passing quickly, and we must establish peace and put an end to the occupation” “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned that time is passing quickly, and therefore there is no other choice but to establish peace. He said: ‘We strive for peace through the...”
Mar 29, 2016
Abbas expresses “condolences” over murder of American tourist in Tel Aviv terror attack, occupation responsible for terror attacks
Headline: "The President [Abbas] to Biden: The occupation and settlements are the reason for the violence and spilling of blood" "The president expressed his condolences to the American vice president over the death of the American citizen (i.e., Taylor Force, killed by a Palestinian terrorist) who..."
Mar 10, 2016
Abbas: Terror wave happening in part because of “attacks” against “holy sites,” especially Al-Aqsa Mosque; Palestinians “paying a heavy price… from the blood of its sons”
“The following is the text of the president’s [Abbas’] speech before the Djibouti National Assembly: “Brother president, brothers and sisters, I have come to you from Palestine and Jerusalem’s environs, where our people is engaged in a bitter conflict with the Israeli occupation, and is paying a...”
Jan 29, 2016
Day after murder of Israeli mother of 6, Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood… our resistance will remain peaceful”
The day after 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist Morad Adais stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in her home in the town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in front of her children, Abbas maintained that the Palestinian "resistance" is “peaceful,” thus denying the many shooting and stabbing...
Jan 18, 2016
Abbas to Europeans about Jews: “We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future… We are absolutely not against the Jewish religion… [it] is an honorable religion and we all honor it”
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas addressing Greek Parliament: "A racist separation fence was built and continues to be built between us and the Israelis. We do not want a fence to separate us. We want a bridge that will connect us. We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future. What can prevent..."
Dec 22, 2015
Abbas to Greek President: Israel is responsible for terror, which caused European refugee crisis
Headline: “The president during his meeting with his Greek colleague: The end of the occupation will put an end to all the terror problems” “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Israeli occupation must be put to an end. He stated: ‘The end of the occupation will put an end to all the...”
Dec 22, 2015
Abbas: Israel is targeting Palestinian children and youth, and attacking “Islamic and Christian holy sites”
Headline: “The president, on International Human Rights Day: The occupation primarily targets our children and young people” “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas stated that our people are under a new attack by the occupation and its settlers, as part of their ongoing aggression...”
Dec 10, 2015
Abbas tells International Federation of Journalists that he supports freedom of media, opinion and expression
Headline: “The president: ‘Free media is a basic need of our people’” “Yesterday [Nov. 24, 2015] evening, in the presidential compound, President Mahmoud Abbas received a committee from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), led by the federation’s president, Jim Boumelha, to...”
Nov 26, 2015
Abbas says Palestinian terror wave that has killed Israelis is “peaceful resistance”
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: ‘We identify with all victims of terror as we are its victims” “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘We identify with all victims of terror as we are victims of this terror, and we are against all types of violence and terror.’ He added: ‘We are not interested in...”
Nov 17, 2015
Abbas strongly condemns Paris and Beirut terror, but silent about wave of terror in Israel
As shown in this PA daily article, PA President Abbas issued strong condemnations of the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere that killed hundreds. However, Abbas has been completely silent about the wave of Palestinian terror attacks that have killed 21 Israelis (as of Nov. 24, 2015)...
Nov 15, 2015
Abbas speech at UN Human Rights Council, October 2015
Excerpt from Abbas' speech to the UN Human Rights Council, October 2015: “Haven't you wondered; for how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? For how long will our people remain dispossessed of the full and undiminished enjoyment of their rights as protected by...”
Oct 28, 2015
Abbas to Indian president: “Our hands are outstretched for peace” and current unrest is result of “Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression”
In this article about Abbas’ meeting with the President of India, Abbas claims that the Palestinian terror surge that began in October 2015 was caused by Israel’s “acts of aggression against the Palestinian people.” This is not the first time Abbas has denied responsibility for the terror wave...
Oct 13, 2015
Abbas at UN: Israel has "plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
Opening of Abbas' speech at the UN on Sept. 30, 2015: PA Chairman Abbas: "I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa..."
Sep 30, 2015
Abbas in speech in Moscow condemns "systematic aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque", claims the Mosque "belongs to Muslims only"
Headline: "The president [Abbas] called to provide protection to the holy places of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem at the inauguration of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque" "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to provide protection to the holy..."
Sep 23, 2015
Abbas receives medal of honor from mayor of Paris and gives speech that PA is working for peace
Headline: "The president [Abbas]: 'Peace can be achieved if they [Israel] will renounce the mentality of expansion and the arrogance of power'" "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas stated yesterday in Paris: 'Our hands are extended in peace, and peace is what we seek. We are working for it, not only for..."
Sep 22, 2015
Abbas: Israel is executing "methodical plan" to "change Jerusalem’s identity" and change status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech during a visit to Turkey on Jan. 12, 2015 PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The most serious thing from what I mentioned before is the methodical plan that the Israeli government is carrying out to change Jerusalem’s identity and to make things...”
Jan 12, 2015
Abbas: "All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly... We only want peace"
Headline: “The president: Jerusalem the capital of Palestine will be open to all of the religions” “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas participated in the midnight mass last night [Dec. 25, 2014] officiated over by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Jordan, and all the Holy Lands Fouad Twal… The president...”
Dec 25, 2014
Abbas to Europeans: We want to “build bridges” with Israel; “we condemn all acts of violence”
“During a press conference held by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President Abbas called on European companies and other foreign companies who operate in the settlements to stop working in them because they are violating International Law with this [work]… He noted that this...”
Oct 24, 2013
Abbas condemns attack on Jewish girl in meeting with Israeli MPs
Unlike his statements when addressing a Palestinian/Arab audience, Abbas chose to condemn a terror attack on a young Israeli girl when he met with Israeli MPs: “During his meeting at the Presidential Residence in Ramallah yesterday [Oct. 7, 2013] with a delegation of [Israeli] MP’s from the Labor...”
Oct 8, 2013
Abbas claims PA is committed to peace and has fulfilled all signed treaties
Excerpt from Abbas’ speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan: “Palestine has spiritual and religious prominence and also an extraordinary geographic location. This is the land of the three monotheistic religions, the land of peace, to which hundreds of millions of people turn… In a few days, 46...”
May 26, 2013
Abbas condemns attack at Jewish school in France that killed 3 children and one teacher
Headline: "Four killed in attack on Jewish school in France; President [Abbas] condemns the attack and comforts families of the victims" "In a letter that President Mahmoud Abbas sent last night to his French counterpart, Nicholas Sarkozy, he condemned the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, in..."
Mar 20, 2012
Abbas addresses UN General Assembly seeking recognition for Palestinian state
"...Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, We profoundly appreciate and value the positions of all States that have supported our struggle and our rights and recognized the State of Palestine following the Declaration of Independence in 1988, as well as the countries that have recently recognized the..."
Sep 23, 2011